The makeshift mouse pad on my desk, which had evolved from a large folded piece of tissue paper, looked more than a bit pathetic. It slid about on my glass-topped desk, so I constantly had to chase it. Time for a serious upgrade – something whimsical, colorful and durable. Then I realized that Kraft-tex, backed with a sheet of fun foam from the kids’ craft aisle, would make a perfect custom mouse pad. Kraft-Tex is a rugged paper that looks, feels and wears like leather, but cuts, sews and washes like fabric. It comes in a variety of great colors and is so easy to work with – perfect for my DIY mouse pad!
I can probably count on one hand my go-to stitches on my sewing machine – the stitches I use all the time for piecing, appliqué, machine quilting and garment sewing. Do you have decorative stitches on your sewing machine that you have never looked at, let alone used? I found myself exploring those stitches on a sunny afternoon, just playing. I highly recommend it! You might make some fun discoveries. Such as: my BERNINA 730, my reliable workhorse for nearly 20 years, has a decorative stitch of a mouse. A cute little profile stitches mouse after mouse after mouse. It’s Stitch Number 443, FYI.
Let’s make a mouse pad!
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For tips and trick for working with Kraft-Tex, check out our in depth article that covers everything you’ll want to know about working with this unique product that sews like fabric, but acts like leather.